Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carole Has a Positive Message

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carole Has a Positive Message

Article excerpt

IN 2003 seven of the North East's most visionary entrepreneurs got together to launch a new organisation. Its aim was to foster entrepreneurship, to make accessing the region's top business brains easier for those just starting out and to share entrepreneurial experiences to shorten the journey to success.

Later in this supplement two of those founder members, Lorna Moran and Sir Peter Vardy, give their personal views on how far the Entrepreneurs' Forum has come in the last seven years.

It's fascinating to read what their expectations for the organisation were back then and how they assess its impact as we have grown and adapted and look towards our seventh annual conference.

When children hit Year 7 they move up to 'the big school'. It's where life becomes more serious and expectations on you increase. Since the Forum was established we have graduated with flying colours and proven our worth as a mentor to emerging talent and a support to the 'mature students'.

Time and again those business leaders of national and international stature whom we secure as event speakers comment on how fortunate the North East business community is to have an organisation like the Forum.

We are unique, and importantly we are bespoke - our structure, our purpose and core values have all been established with the needs of regional entrepreneurs in mind.

Whatever we can do to help entrepreneurship in the North East on a practical level we will do; our success and longevity is based on providing that bedrock of support.

But what makes the Forum unique is our ability to be innovative and to inspire - we aim to take the region's entrepreneurs to places they never knew existed or never thought it possible to reach. That landscape is in constant flux. On May 7 we may all wake up to a new government.

Who knows how the business environment and economic climate will change in the coming months and years? …

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